Life Stories of Displacement

Life Stories of Displacement

By Social Development Centre WR
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Almost everybody in there got an N4 because he waited until the 28th of every month to cash a cheque.
Renovictions are real. There are many well thought through ways to evict long-time renters and replace then with more solvent ones. An interview with Professor Brian Doucet in summer 2019 exploring drastic neighbourhood changes along the Central Transit Corridor in Kitchener Waterloo. 
44:19
February 13, 2020
They wished that there was better affordable places that they could afford
One of the Life Stories of Displacement due to hardship of living in unsafe and unsanitary housing in downtown Kitchener. Interview with Brian Doucet and podcasted by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region. 
17:27
February 11, 2020
I know I have a powerful voice and I can advocate for others and I can build myself back up
"I'm going to point out multiple places that used to have affordable housing, rooms to rent, um, that people could live on on a budget, on financial assistance." Walk-about interview showing places where affordable housing units disappeared and what options were left for those who had to move. Project done in partnership with University of Waterloo professor Brian Doucet, School of Planing and a number of community connectors with lived experience of poverty and exclusion. 
53:52
January 14, 2020
You got to do what you got to do to get through the night.
As winter has set, and many people are excluded from the shelters due to so called diversion programs, they sleep rough, in the tents and abandoned buildings. They are all collectively displaced into the cracks of the city. We know their stories thanks to the partnership research project with University of Waterloo School of Planning professor Brian Doucet. 
48:00
December 23, 2019
Everybody went out of there, now it’s all brand-new stuff in there, new walls, all brand-new fridges and stoves.
Displacement was not talked about in Kitchener-Waterloo as there were no community housing complexes being redeveloped, but a small scale, under the radar renovations and conversions of houses and low rise buildings. Through Life Stories of Displacement we are preserving some of the history of the process that has been changing the face of downtown and uptown thanks to the partnership with the University of Waterloo School of Planning. 
1:01:46
December 11, 2019
We seem to be a society of labels
Life Stories of Displacement opened up a bottom up critique of our relationships and ways we see the world. The interview was recorded through a partnership between the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and University of Waterloo School of Planning in the summer of 2019 to make sure the history or displacement is not lost. 
46:41
December 2, 2019
A house or even an old factory that’s closed up, make rooms, put somebody out there for supervision, give everybody rooms to live in
"Well my thoughts is that there’s a lot of people on social assistance out there needing housing, like cheap affordable housing. They’re tearing these houses down, like two and three-bedroom houses that they could rent out cheap to the low-income people... A house or even an old factory that’s closed up, and make rooms, put somebody out there for supervision, be somebody always there that – somebody so many hours there. Run the place, give everybody rooms to live in or apartments to live in. It’d be better than tearing it down, and build a big condo..." Life Stories of Displacement are made to do not let us forget how we are building our cities and to mitigate the impact on marginalized, low income population, created in collaboration with Professor Brian Doucet at the School of Planning at University of Waterloo.
1:01:46
November 27, 2019
A million dollar house here, there's going to be some push to get the rooming house out.
"If you get a rooming house here and this guy's got a million dollar house here, right, there's going to be some push to get the rooming house out, right. Because, it's lowering his property value, right. And, you know, a rooming house it's not the greatest place in the world, but it's providing a bit of a service where people can live, right. Because, it's hard as hell to live up there right now, right." Life Stories of Displacement are made to do not let us forget how we are building our cities and to mitigate the impact on marginalized, low income population, created in collaboration with Professor Brian Doucet at the School of Planning at University of Waterloo.
33:30
November 20, 2019
The scarcity of not having a nice home they once had, just overall having to stress and worry.
We wish to stress the point that residents living on low income are a highly diverse population, and in a limited number of interviews, we encountered people who have post secondary education and are in precarious employment, homeowners, business-owners and low income earners, social assistance recipients and recipients of the Canada Disability Pension. We recorded the life stories thanks to the partnership with the University of Waterloo professor Brian Doucet and staff from St John Kitchen in the summer of 2019. We hope that a range of voices previously absent from the urban development planning strategies in Kitchener and Waterloo will be at the core of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
41:31
November 13, 2019
If our wages stay the same but real estate keeps on going up, like where are we supposed to go?
We wish to stress the point that residents living on low income are a highly diverse population, and in a limited number of interviews, we encountered people who have post secondary education and are in precarious employment, homeowners, business-owners and low income earners, social assistance recipients and recipients of the Canada Disability Pension. We recorded the life stories thanks to the partnership with the University of Waterloo professor Brian Doucet and staff from St John Kitchen in the summer of 2019. We hope that a range of voices previously absent from the urban development planning strategies in Kitchener and Waterloo will be at the core of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
1:22:42
November 12, 2019
The only way things are going to change, or people are going to see differently, is by hearing people that have lived it.
Life Stories of Displacement: We wish to stress the point that residents living on low income are a highly diverse population, and in a limited number of interviews, we encountered people who have post secondary education and are in precarious employment, homeowners, business-owners and low income earners, social assistance recipients and recipients of the Canada Disability Pension. We recorded the life stories thanks to the partnership with the University of Waterloo professor Brian Doucet and staff from St John Kitchen in the summer of 2019. We hope that a range of voices previously absent from the urban development planning strategies in Kitchener and Waterloo will be at the core of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
49:33
November 6, 2019
These are the sort of stories: They have accidents, they get ill, they move away.
We wish to stress the point that residents living on low income are a highly diverse population, and in a limited number of interviews, we encountered people who have post secondary education and are in precarious employment, homeowners, business-owners and low income earners, social assistance recipients and recipients of the Canada Disability Pension. We recorded the life stories thanks to the partnership with the University of Waterloo professor Brian Doucet and staff from St John Kitchen in the summer of 2019. We hope that a range of voices previously absent from the urban development planning strategies in Kitchener and Waterloo will be at the core of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
1:09:45
November 6, 2019
You can't make a building and put all the poor people in the same building.
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region supported the study 'Neighbourhood Change along LRT' by Professor Brian Doucet from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and recruited interviewees living on low income to participate in the oral history project about their experience of displacement in the age of gentrification. We are committed to turning up the volume on life stories that need to be a part of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
1:36:33
October 23, 2019
People are moving to the periphery, people are moving out of the city.
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region supported the study 'Neighbourhood Change along LRT' by Professor Brian Doucet from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and recruited interviewees living on low income to participate in the oral history project about their experience of displacement in the age of gentrification. We are committed to turning up the volume on life stories that need to be a part of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region.
1:42:41
October 23, 2019
I’m seeing all these changes but none of them are for me.
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region supported the study 'Neighbourhood Change along LRT' by Professor Brian Doucet from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and recruited interviewees living on low income to participate in the oral history project about their experience of displacement in the age of gentrification. We are committed to turning up the volume on life stories that need to be a part of the affordable housing strategy planning in Waterloo Region. 
44:25
October 18, 2019
Pay attention more to the people on the street
Life Stories of Displacement are meant to turn up the volume of marginalized voices in the conversations about displacement and truly affordable housing in the urban core of Kitchener and Waterloo 2019-2020. 
33:30
October 15, 2019